Tornbridge's Mayor talks about the Author
Back in 2010, Mayor Kingdom and his wife, Irene advertised for a ghost-writer to work on the Tornbridge Chronicles. The brief was simple: to dramatise the many Peel journals into a series of novellas of not more than sixty pages in length - so as to not clog up the insides of the new fangled electronic books and make them overly heavy.
Were many writers considered?
"No. We only had four enquiries. The first writer was in prison and sadly unable to commit to the project for another sixteen years. The second was a woman from the Ukraine who insisted on marrying a British citizen as part of the deal. The third, an enquiry from a car insurance company, was actually offering discounts on a multicar policy. We picked the fourth because of his impressive writing credentials, his enthusiasm for the project, and because he was cheap on account of a protracted divorce."
Did he object to ghost-writing?
"Quite the opposite. He said if the cheques kept coming in, he would happily live his life wearing false breasts and answering to the name of Susan."
How many books will there be?
"At present, Susan is contracted for six novellas and one full-length novel."
What has been the highlight so far?
"There are actually great savings to be had when combining all the household cars onto one single policy."